TGO Survey Q&A

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by WilliamC, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    @edh I can't reply to your TGO survey thread because the thread is closed, so I'm asking here.
    How do you define "in events like the TGO Challenge"? Events that involve a number of participants with common criteria? Events where the participant has to create their own route? Events with a minimum distance/time?
    I'm willing to help but I don't know if I fit the definition.
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  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Thanks William. And for posting the thread.

    You do...really anything that constitutes overnight or longer backpacking trips.

    TGO is the main focus but a broader pool of survey material would be very welcome.

    We want to collate as much info as possible on the use of technology in backpacking.
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  3. Henry

    Henry Trail Blazer

    Ok I’ve filled it in @edh, but I’ve put in data for my Lakes trips: I hope that’s still useful.

    Otherwise, sorry!:oops:
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  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    It is, thank you.

    We have lots of ways we can look at the data we get.
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  5. maddogs

    maddogs Trail Blazer

    likewise; non-TGO responses submitted.

    After all, any good study needs some data to test the cr*p filters you apply ;-)

    Good luck. will be interested to read your results as and when.
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  6. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Not doing the tgo this year either but filled it out.
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  7. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I’m not on the Challenge either but filled it in too.
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  8. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    No TGO either but for what its worth, I put my 5 cents in too..
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  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Thanks; the more the merrier.

    We will share the results at some point; it will take a while as our fieldwork in May will generate a lot of data.

    The Survey is here in case it was missed.
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  10. maddogs

    maddogs Trail Blazer

    by fieldwork, I wonder if you mean: You get to go camping and your student(s) stay behind and play with a database? :D
    jus' askin' like.;)
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  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes: how rude

    But yep; that's it :D

    Seriously (there's a first time) students, my colleagues do all the heavy lifting!

    Some interesting results already - we were just discussing it.

    Keep it coming :thumbsup:
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  12. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Hope we get a chance to see the results too, when they are available, please :).
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  13. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'll put a link on here to publications; it will be a while.... such is the nature of academic work.
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  14. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    As feedback I'd like to mention that I found it hard to decide what to answer for experience as I was unsure what to relate it to. It seems you're going to get very subjective answers to that one.
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  15. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Yes; it is the 'price' paid in opening it up a bit to get a greater range of responses. As it is largely a qualitative study there are degrees of interpretative freedom, such is the medium.

    To whit: I guess I think I am an experienced backpacker, yet still make basic 'mistakes' often; it is as you note subjective.

    Anyway...back to the Chicken Cacciatora (the recipe of which according to Mrs Ed, has no degrees of freedom whatsoever).
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  16. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Experience = having made a lot of mistakes
    Incompetence = repeating them

    I reckon I'm an experienced incompetent :)
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  17. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    With experience comes complacency, with complacency comes carelessness...and you find you didn't pack any spare knickers...:sorry:
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  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes: well, no knickers is the way to go...
    For me I hasten to add...
  19. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    A few years ago there was a thread on the TGO Challenge message board about pack weights and gear lists where a well known male Challenger (I won’t name him) revealed that he was packing six pairs of undies in his pack for that year’s Challenge. Not only that, he was using ladies underwear because they were lighter (his base weight was 16kg). Needless to say this caused considerable hilarity and leg pulling.

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  20. edh

    edh Thru Hiker


    Squeaky clean.

    Ahem, Tom wears ladies underwear it is rumoured..
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  21. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    A sincere 'Thank you' to Rich for letting us use the forum for our study - and to DaveV and Rich for helping us with the survey posts; greatly appreciated.

    The response has been stunningly good for research of this nature and warrants a further big Thank you to all who contributed.

    The survey is still open.

    We are moving very shortly to inviting people to join us for the next stage during the TGO Challenge 2019.
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  22. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Just a 'head's up' that we posted invitations to the second stage of this research today; so if you were interested - and on the TGO this year - check your home inbox.

    Again, thanks for a great response to the initial survey.
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